Professor of Archeometry
Patrick Degryse is Professor of Archaeometry at Leiden University and head of the division Geology, dept. Earth and Environmental Science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), where he is also director of the Centre for Archaeological Sciences.
His research focuses on the exploitation and use in ancient times of industrial minerals and ores. By studying the geochemistry of ancient artefacts, the production processes of man-made materials such as ceramic, glass, metal and various building materials can be reconstructed. In particular, he has gained expertise in the development and use of novel isotopic techniques in artefact analysis and the provenance determination of their raw materials. His research group develops the potential of these methods to understand ancient technology, reconstruct ancient economies, and assess the use, exchange and trade of materials.
He teaches geology, geochemistry and archaeometry, and outside the lab is active in several field projects in the eastern Mediterranean and the Caribbean. He is an A. von Humboldt Fellow and European Research Council Grantee, and is a member of the Standing Committee of the International Symposium on Archaeometry, the major international conference in archaeological sciences.
A full publication list can be downloaded at https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0006002.
- Hoogleraar Archeometrie